"It was a frightening environment to be chased along an open road by a Russian fighter, shooting rockets when you're in a Lada," he says, frowning into the sun. "The Chechen war, that really put me off wars. I saw a place that I had visited when it was at peace destroyed by war. I saw that nobody cared either." Since the Chechen war coincided with the conflict in former Yugoslavia, Meek says, the western media's coverage was focused there.James Meek, interviewed about his new book, in Scotland On Sunday.
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